Injured Albuquerque officer’s daughter graduating from police academy

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Her dad’s brush with death didn’t deter her from pursing her dream of becoming a police officer.

Albuquerque Police Department Officer Lou Golson was struck by four bullets in January 2015 during a traffic stop on a suspected drunk driver.

Turns out the suspect was also driving a stolen vehicle. When Golson approached the car, the man shot at him.

That man has since pleaded guilty to what he did. Golson, meanwhile, is recovering and has gone back to work with APD on “light duty.”

“He’s super hard working, he’s honest, he never sleeps, that man moves 24/7,” Golson’s 21-year-old daughter, Elisa Valdez, said.

Valdez, has been there for her dad the entire journey since the shooting. That is, until she got a little busy.

Valdez is graduating from APD’s 114th cadet class Thursday, March 3, at the Kiva Auditorium.

“I’ve actually wanted to do this for a long time, since I was a little girl,” she said. “And just seeing my dad go through that made me want it even more.”

She’s among nine females in her class, out of 36, which is a record number in recent years. It’s also one of the biggest cadet classes in recent years.

“My dad is super supportive, he was very happy, he didn’t have any negative things to say,” Valdez said.

KRQE News 13 asked her dad, given what he went through, his thoughts on his daughter patrolling streets of Albuquerque.

“Law enforcement is the most honorable profession you can do; I’m proud that she decided to go with it,” Golson said.”Is there going to be worry? yes. I, of all people, know what can happen.”

Valdez said she’s excited to have her dad “pin” her Thursday when she receives her police badge. She calls it “an honor.”

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